Sunday Moments

Third Sunday after Epiphany
January 23, 2022

Gathering Song
Step By Step

David (Beaker) Strasser
© 1991 Kid Brothers of St. Frank Publishing
CCLI #383771

Call to Worship

The Spirit of God is upon us.
We are called to be God's people.
The Spirit of God is upon us.
We are called to be the body of Christ.
Come let us worship God, who binds us together
in love and service.

Prayer of the Day

Blessed Lord God, you have caused the holy scriptures to be written for the nourishment of your people. Grant that we may hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that, comforted by your promises, we may embrace and forever hold fast to the hope of eternal life, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Bible Reading
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

The apostle and pastor Paul uses the metaphor of the human body to describe how intimately connected we are in the church. For this struggling congregation in Corinth, Paul delivers a vital message of unity that is a mark of the church today.

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
  Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.
  Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But strive for the greater gifts.

Gospel
Luke 4:14-21

Near the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry, he visits his hometown of Nazareth. In the words of Isaiah, he states and claims his identity, purpose, and mission.

Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.
  When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
  because he has anointed me
   to bring good news to the poor.
 He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
  and recovery of sight to the blind,
   to let the oppressed go free,
 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Thought for the Day
Living “Words with Friends”

Playgrounds still resound with “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But those words ring hollow. As adults, and as children, we know only too well the power of words to do harm.

In contrast, the scriptures for today point us to the word that bears hope, promise, and life. Human words can hurt or fail, but now we hear this holy word of wisdom, challenge, instruction, and hope that really does form us in God’s promise. Rather than words that tear down, we are invited by the prophets and Jesus into God’s living words with and among friends.

Jesus, in coming home and attending the synagogue, reads from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Jesus announces good news to those struggling economically on the fringes of society, hope to those who are imprisoned, healing to those without sight, a lifting of the burden from those who are weighed down or oppressed, and even the in-breaking of a holy year of favor. Standing in a tradition of prophets and priests who speak, engage, and teach God’s word, Jesus now offers one thing more—fulfillment. The words of those who dream and hope, who work for justice and mercy on behalf of God, are now true. Today as we look around and see people spending time speaking, reading, and even playing games with words, this is an opportunity to ground ourselves in the one full Word that bears life. This word counters sticks and stones and all that oppresses; Jesus address announces God’s liberating actions. This Word sounds promise to all who hear; it is an invitation to see God at work among God’s people.

(Overview from Sundays and Seasons Day Resources for January 23, 2022)

Song of the Day
Thy Word

Presented by Connor Read & Kiersten Bjork
Text: Psalm 119:105
Amy Grant | Michael W. Smith
© 1984 Meadowgreen Music Company
Curb Word Music
CCLI 383771

Prayers of Intercession

The Spirit of the Lord is poured out upon us in abundance; so we are bold to pray for the church, the world, and all that God has made.

A brief silence.

You reveal yourself to us in the reading of scripture. Fulfill your word through the faithful witness of your church. Send us out to bring your liberating good news to all people.
God of grace…hear our prayer.

We pray for residents of Tongo, following devastating volcanic eruption, and for all areas feeling effects of the event…
God of grace…hear our prayer.

We pray for members of the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, following last week’s hostage crisis…
God of grace…hear our prayer.

We pray for Asian American communities grieving acts of racial violence…
God of grace…hear our prayer.

We pray for unity in the body of Christ in seeking health, hope, and wholeness in our world…
God of grace…hear our prayer.

We pray for health and stamina for nurses, doctors, emergency room, and hospital staff…
God of grace…hear our prayer.

We pray for communities dealing with continued severe cold, ice and snow this weekend in the midwest, south and east coast…
God of grace…hear our prayer.

For whom and for what else shall we pray?

Since we have such great hope in your promises, O God, we lift these and all of our prayers to you in confidence and faith; through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Amen.

Blessing & Dismissal
(Based on 1 Corinthians 12, Luke 4)

The Spirit of God is upon you.
We go forth proclaiming God's love and liberation.
The Spirit of Christ is upon you.
We go forth to live lives of justice and freedom.
The power of the Spirit is upon you.
We go forth as one body, one spirit,
one witness to the promises of our God.

Sending Song
The Blessing

Chris Brown | Cody Carnes | Kari Jobe | Steven Furtick
© 2020 Capitol CMG Paragon
Kari Jobe Carnes Music
Worship Together Music
Writer's Roof Publishing
Music by Elevation Worship Publishing
CCLI #383771

Sources:

Call to Worship and Blessing from Ministry Matters
https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/3521/worship-elements-january-23-2022

Prayers of Intercession Prompts from ELCA Worship Blog via email for January 23, 2022;
Opening & closing petitions, and response from Sundays and Seasons.

Other prayers, litanies and Thought for the Day are from www.sundaysandseasons.com
© 2022 Augsburg Fortress. Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SAS006505

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